A club has made it clear they want to reach agreement with West Ham over a summer transfer for Nikola Vlasic.
The Croatian international looks set to leave West Ham this summer after a woeful debut season.
David Moyes forked out over £26m – potentially rising to £33m (Evening Standard) – to sign Vlasic from CSKA Moscow last summer.
But Vlasic was given just 1,637 minutes spread over 36 appearances for West Ham last term (Transfermarkt).
In mitigation, the 24-year-old number 10 was played out of position on the left when given a chance in the West Ham side.
Now Moyes is said to be happy to let the man he brought to the London Stadium leave West Ham this summer.
A West Ham insider speaking to Claret and Hugh claim the Hammers want a straight sale.
But the Hammers may be willing to consider a loan with an option or better still obligation to buy after enquiries from a number of clubs – including Italian side Torino.
Now it seems Torino may be willing to meet West Ham halfway over Vlasic.
The Serie A club have made it clear they want to reach an agreement with West Ham over a summer transfer for Vlasic.
Reports in Italy claim West Ham want at least £22m.
So Torino are asking for a halfway house with West Ham with a view to eventually buying Vlasic for around £15m.
That’s why the Italian club will try to get the player on loan with an option to buy, with part of his salary paid by West Ham.
“Vlasic had been targeted by Milan a year ago but eventually signed for West Ham.
“Torino boss Ivan Juric is an admirer, so the Granata will try to fulfil his desire, although reaching an agreement seems complicated at the moment.
“The Hammers evaluate the sale on loan with the right of redemption at 18/20 million, the Taurus presses to lower the figure a little, but in the last hours he has significantly raised the pressure to try to close the first shot of his long and complicated market.”
Sometimes players simply cannot adapt to English football.
The frustrating thing with Vlasic is that West Ham had evidence he might struggle from his previous spell with Everton.
If West Ham can turn Torino’s option to buy into an obligation then it may be best for all concerned to get a deal done and swallow half the playmaker’s wages for a season.